MDR Selects, a series where we invite our favourite artists, record stores, labels and more to curate a playlist of songs that hold specific meaning to them.
We recently invited our good friend Låpsley back into the studio for a radio show and while she was at it, she’s kindly shared some of her selections with us. The 22 year old singer, songwriter and producer has taken the electronica world by storm, with 2 EPs and a UK Top 40 album already under her belt. With achievements including a Glastonbury performance and making a Radio 1 playlist, we can’t wait to see what the songstress has planned for 2019. Listen back to her radio show ‘THE Å LIST’ here, which features tunes, tinnies and talk along with her friends Chinatown Slalom. Meanwhile, here’s what she had to say about the songs that have influenced her own music career.
“I thought I would select some tracks I’m into at the moment and some from the past. ‘Genesis’ by Grimes is a stand out track; she was a big inspiration for me at 16 when I first started producing in my bedroom on garage band. The simple synth top lines and minimalistic production left such a lasting impression. The whole sound palette in ‘Visions’ is like some dark teenage pop dream/nightmare. I love it. I have a huge respect for Grimes.
‘Unity’ by The Comet Is Coming has such a lovely progression, the muffled afro style beats and occasional jazz sax solo dipping in and out is chill af. They’re very experimental and this is definitely one of their understated numbers.
‘Whale’ by Duval Timothy is a beautiful, dream-like piano piece, very cyclical. I always put the record Sen Am on early in the morning when the light comes through the blinds in to the kitchen (lol). His work conveys a lot of emotion, he subtly pushes musical boundaries with the freeness of the composition and it’s incredibly refreshing. He is a big inspiration of mine, a true artist and a lovely guy.
I’ve really got into Nigerian pop music and afrobeats in the last year. I’m a big fan of Tiwa Savage, WizKid, Tekno and Ghanaian A-Star. ‘Magun’ by Niniola is just what’s stuck in my head at the moment. Always the best genre to get a party going.”
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